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Developer Guide (API Version 2016-09-29)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the price for live HTTP streaming using CloudFront and Wowza Streaming Engine 4.2?

Charges for live HTTP streaming using CloudFront and Wowza Streaming Engine 4.2 include:

There is no charge for using AWS CloudFormation.

How can I use Secure Shell (SSH) to connect to my Amazon EC2 instance that is running Wowza Streaming Engine 4.2?

You can use SSH to connect to your Amazon EC2 instance in just a few steps.

To use SSH to connect to your Amazon EC2 instance that is running Wowza Streaming Engine 4.2

  1. Open the Amazon EC2 console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/ec2/.

  2. In the left navigation, choose Instances.

  3. Right-click the correct instance, and choose Connect to view instructions on how to use SSH to connect to your Amazon EC2 instance. The username is ec2-user.

How can I create a CNAME alias for my Amazon EC2 instance or for my CloudFront distribution?

Your Amazon EC2 instance running Wowza Streaming Engine 4.2 comes with an internal and an external DNS name. Amazon EC2 does not provide access to modify these DNS settings. If you want to map an existing domain name to your Amazon EC2 instance running Wowza Streaming Engine, use a DNS service provider such as Amazon Route 53. When using your own domain name, we recommend that you map to the instance's external DNS name using a CNAME, not by using an A record that points to the instance's IP address.

To map your own domain name to your CloudFront distribution, see Using Alternate Domain Names (CNAMEs).

Can I stream my live event to Flash Player–compatible devices, Apple devices, and Smooth Streaming players at the same time?

Yes, Wowza Streaming Engine 4.2 enables the delivery of live streams in Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming (Adobe HDS), Apple HTTP Live Streaming (Apple HLS), and Microsoft Smooth Streaming formats simultaneously, which enables playing on Adobe Flash Player applications, Apple iOS devices, and Smooth Streaming players, respectively.

Does Wowza Streaming Engine 4.2 support HTML5?

Yes, Wowza Streaming Engine can deliver content to HTML5 in the following configurations:

  • You can use the Apple HLS streaming format on Apple iOS devices.

  • You can use the Smooth Streaming format on Windows 8 devices. For more information, go to Walkthrough: Building Your First HTML5 Smooth Streaming Player on the MSDN website.

  • For other browsers supporting HTML5, you can use Wowza Streaming Engine to deliver video via progressive download.

Can I serve private live streams using Wowza and CloudFront?

At this time, live streams cannot be delivered securely using CloudFront signed URLs. However, progressively downloaded media can be delivered privately by using signed URLs. For more information, see Serving Private Content through CloudFront.